Hard Times (Paperback)

By Charles Dickens, Frederick Wakj (Illustrator)

Vintage Books USA, 9780099518921, 283pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009



""Facts alone are wanted in life.""The children at Mr Gradgrind's school are sternly ordered to stifle their imaginations and pay attention only to cold, hard reality. They live in a smoky, troubled industrial townwhere entertainment is hard to come by and resentments run deep. The effects of Gradgrind's teaching on his own children, Tom and Louisa, are particularly profound and leave them ill-equipped to deal with the unpredictable desires of the human heart. Luckily for them they have a friend in Sissy Jupe, the child of a circus clown, who retains her warm-hearted, compassionate nature despite the pressures around her. This classic includes illustrations by Frederick Walker.

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is considered one of the English language's greatest writers. His works include The Adventures of Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and A Tale of Two Cities.

Praise For Hard Times

“A masterpiece . . . a completely serious work of art.”
– F.R. Leavis